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State College Connector Planning

Plans are moving forward for a major Centre County road project the State College Connector Project.

Today, Penndot held the first of two public meetings.

As Gary Sinderson reports, there are some major questions looming, including funding for the construction phase.

Public input important for any Penndot project of this size. The project has been on the drawing board for decades and Penndot says they’re already hearing a lot from the public.

The State College area connector aimed at upgrading the Route 322 corridor in Eastern Centre County between Potters Mills and State College. The top question by far is the same one thats been asked for years

“The municipalities,they all ask the same question,where’s the road going to go. we don’t know yet.we hope to have more answers after the PEL is completed”

PEL is a planning and environmental linkage study. Penndot has nine possible routes, and is looking to narrow it to three options. Basically the to upgrade the existing route 322, or a route close by, or upgrade the nearby route 144.

Close to 15 years ago, the same project was suddenly discontinued when Penndot said they didn’t have funding. Now the funding is in place for early project phases

“Right now we juts have funding for the preliminary study and design work, we’ve talked to legislators who says the project funding is a priority”

Another public meeting on the State College are connector is planned this Winter

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